The Greeks are famous all over the world with their outstanding structures and architectural masterpieces that are the finest buildings and distinctive features this includes temples, theaters, buildings, etc. Witness the 10 Best examples of Ancient Greek Architecture at The Architecture Designs which are still one of the finest and the magnificent buildings.
1. Erechtheion, Acropolis
Erechtheion temple was built by the Mnesicles between 421 and 406 BC. This temple got its name from the legendary Erichthonius who is mentioned as the ruler of Athens and a brave king. The remains of the temple show the six figures which are made up of white and black marble from Mt. Pentelikon and Eleusis.
2. Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
This theater has been a significant part of ancient Greek history and depicts the unique features of Greek culture. This open theater is the stone structure on the slope of Acropolis and is said to be built in the memory of Aspasia, wife of the Athenian magnate. The remains of this beautiful theater have witnessed huge concerts after the 1950s when it was rebuilt.
3. Parthenon, Acropolis
The Parthenon is the temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and is one of the most historic buildings in Greek history. The Athenians considered this goddess as their patron and the sign of wisdom. This building was considered as the Church and also a mosque at different times in its history but it was originally built to celebrate victory over Persians.
4. Stoa of Attalos, Agora
The Stoa of Attalos, the two-floored building was built by King Attalos II somewhere between 159 BC and 138 BC. This beautiful building is made up of limestone and marbles found from Mt. Penteli. The interior and exterior colonnade has been iconic because of its beautiful and unique architecture and was turned into the Ancient Agora Museum in the 1950s.
5. Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Temple of Apollo is one of the most ancient Greek buildings as its construction dates back to the fourth century BC. This temple is not as prominent as it was before as it has turned into ruin because of several incarnations. The temple has been destroyed a number of times due to fire and earthquake but the ruins still contain limestone Doric columns and precious stones.
6. Temple of Artemis, Corfu
The temple of Artemis, also known as the first Doric temple was built in around 580 BC and is exclusively made up of stone dedicated to the Artemis. The temple has been the area of interest for many since its discovery by the soldiers during Napoleonic wars. The temple was built in the total area occupying 77 ft. the width and 161 ft. length with beautiful Doric architectural styles.
7. Temple of Hephaestus, Agora
Temple of Hephaestus is one of the fewer maintained and well-preserved Greek architectures which can be witnessed in its original architecture even today. The temple is a classic work of Doric architecture and dates back to 415 BC and was built and dedicated to Hephaestus who was known to be the god of fire and craftsmanship. The temple has nineteen columns in different dimensions covering 13.708 meters and 31.776 meters from east-west and north-south respectively.
8. Temple of Hera, Olympia
The temple of Hera was built in 590 BC and was built to dedicate to the queen of Greek goddesses. It is believed that originally the temple comprised a corridor and room built from wood which was expanded gradually and was transformed into a stone architecture.
9. Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
The temple is built in the shape of multiple columns which is also called the columns or the Olympieion of the Olympian Zeus. The building was started in the 6th century by Peisistratos but was completed in 131 AD by the Roman emperor Hadrian. The temple had 104 colossal columns of which 16 columns survived and are preserved.
10. The Great Theater of Epidaurus
Considering the ancient architecture, this theater is said to be having all kinds of modern aesthetics from stage building to the auditorium. The theater carries its unique feature and Hellenistic feel as it is not modified or recreated and preserved in its original form has the capacity of accommodating 13000 to 14000 people.